Date: December 11, 2023
By Hanna Rose
Yuri Lowenthal and Neil Newbon show unity amidst the Spider-Man 2 and Baldur’s Gate 3 GOTY discourse.
Amidst a year brimming with exceptional games, The Game Awards brought both elation and disappointment. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, with an impressive seven nominations, failed to secure any wins, standing in stark contrast to the success of Baldur’s Gate 3, which clinched six awards, including the coveted Game of the Year and Players’ Voice.
The outcome sparked online feuds as disappointed Spider-Man enthusiasts criticized Baldur’s Gate 3, asserting it was undeserving of the Game of the Year accolade. However, after a weekend of heated exchanges, actors from both games sought to foster unity instead of division, celebrating the merits of both titles.
The initiative was spearheaded by Yuri Lowenthal, the actor portraying Peter Parker in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, who shared an image featuring Spidey alongside Astarion from Baldur’s Gate 3, bearing the message “Spread love, not hate.” Lowenthal endorsed this sentiment, emphasizing the need for unity.
Neil Newbon, the actor behind Astarion, echoed this sentiment, praising Lowenthal as an “incredibly talented leading light in our industry.”
This positive turn of events provided a more uplifting conclusion to the awards season, particularly considering the criticism directed at the show for neglecting to adequately highlight game creators and actors. Observant viewers noted winners, including Newbon, being rushed through their speeches, with on-screen prompts urging them to “please wrap it up” appearing as early as 30 seconds after receiving their awards.
In response to the viewer backlash, host and producer Geoff Keighley denied that anyone was deliberately cut off during their speeches but acknowledged that the premature introduction of music meant to signal the end of speeches was a misstep. The reasons for imposing such stringent time limits this year remain unclear, and the community eagerly awaits to see if improvements will be made for future editions of The Game Awards.
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